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Derek Wood

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10 years programming. Held roles like Sr. Product Designer and Sr. Front-end Developer. Currently building an education platform with Perpetual Education. I went to school for painting. Started...

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Product designer/developer at Perpetual Education
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How to help businesses with their content...

These ideas are timeless... but when COVID first hit - it became obvious that the web presence of most of our local businesses wasn't helping. It's more important than ever to keep that content clear...
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Work/life balance : How do you do it???

It's Sunday... it's 6:30 am - and I can't sleep... and so - now I'm up - sitting on the couch typing this...

At https://perpetual-edu.net, we don't give out lessons on Sundays - because we're...
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For anyone who is new - or unsure where to start...

From a Senior dev: Here's a guide I made for people with no experience. "Breaking into tech" is a pretty confusing idea!


1.) Learn all about the different roles
Demystify all the confusing...
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Get answers about CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)...

I just noticed I've never shared this link here. That's silly!

People take HTML and CSS for granted / as if it's just a step on the way to JavaScript, but as someone with 10 years of experience......
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What languages are right for you?

This morning, I commented on a post - and it turned into an article.
The OP was asking: 

"which language should I master" - 
Mastery might be a bad goal. But you have to start somewhere!

It...
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What were your biggest questions when deciding to...

What were your biggest questions when deciding to give programming/design /data-science etc. a try?

There are so many options out there!!?!?!?!

When you first came to Career Karma - what were...
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Officially introducing "Design for The Web" to...

Perpetual Education's new curriculum, "Design for The Web" - is officially public!
You can learn all about it on the website:  https://perpetual.education or https://perpetual-edu.net

"The only...
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My favorite book for learning to program for The...

I have no affiliation with this publisher or author. It's just hands-down / the best learning resource there is - if you want to learn to program.

Here's a short video explaining the...
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CodeMentor: get help from vetted professionals

Sometimes I need help! 
Maybe it's something broad like "Help me understand this concept" - or something specific like, how do I fit this one library in this other framework. 

Either way, at...
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No CS degree required! dev success stories

Inspiring interviews with successful self-taught and bootcamp developers
I just ran across this site today, and it seemed like something people here / just starting out / might like. Stay pumped up...
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What is WordPress? (really)

Well, it's "WordPress" right?
It seems like everyone has heard of, has used, or has some opinion about WordPress... but what is it really?

I would like to break it down for you - so that you can...
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How do bootcamps design their curriculum?

Have you ever wondered who makes these courses? Who decides what to teach... what projects to build... what you'll need to be relevant?

I know a few people who helped write the curriculum for some...
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Programming might feel difficult because you...

It’s really great that we are confident. Harness that power.

The problem is – that this Dunning-Kruger Effect – really bums us out! Our powerful feelings and our optimism are distorted. It’s not...
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If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself WRITE...

Seriously, 
If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself WRITE EARLY AND OFTEN. Write about your work - from day 1. It's THE KEY to getting hired.

I made a bunch of different blogs over the years...
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Programming is a lot like making electronic music...

I have a background in art / but I also play in bands -- so, I see a lot of connection.
This was a fun video to make: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEnbIxrfOSg

I'll show you how "composing"...
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Is it a "Boot camp" or is it a "Boot camp?"

I've been talking to a lot of people lately who said they went to a boot camp...
But then - after talking to them - it's revealed that they took an online class that called itself a 'boot camp' -...
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Understanding vs. Memorizing

"Why do educated people too often fall for foolish scams and conspiracy theories?

The problem is that no one taught us to understand. Instead, we are pushed to simply to memorize. To be educated...
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How to you choose what role? Front-end? Data...

When you're new to this stuff - well.... you're new! (that's great) - but it's really easy to just get excited and think "yes! code!"  but - take some time to really look at how each role works / and...
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Recent grads: Let's see your portfolios!

You can look at all the schools - and compare them - and think about them forever if you're not careful :

but in the end - the work that comes out is what you can actually measure.

Have you...
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Learn what UX design is really like IRL: new...

BRAND NEW!  Sneek peak only here at CK

Ivy and I, over at PE (https://perpetual.education) - started a new side-project where we talk about UX / design thinking... and everything involved in...
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Thinking outside of the box to fund your education

The thing I hear most about in these forums is:

"I want to make more money + get more stable financially + coding sounds good + if only we could get enough money + the only way to attend school is...
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One day I searched "Practical JavaScript" - and...

I started out my "career" in about 2010. I scraped things together... and things worked out... but in 2018 or so... I was starting to build the curriculum for Perpetual Education - and I thought to...
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How long does it take to become a fullstack...

When you're starting out - the whole idea of "Being a developer" - and being "full-stack" - can be hazy and confusing.

I thought this video did a great job of resetting that idea / and explaining...
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"The faker you are, the more successful you can...

If you haven't seen this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEg5ySTUGxE

Well, you should!

Get ready for the real world of tech.



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Did you like that video? If so - I bet you'd like my...
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Can you really learn full-stack?

I was checking out the Turing school > faq > academics

"Why are there two programs instead of full stack?"
"Please read our Medium article on this topic here:...
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Common things Computer Science majors say......

"I'm half way through my undergrad at the University... 

After finishing two years here, I wonder why I constantly have the feeling that I don't know anything? It's hard to describe. 

I get...
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Before you learn HTML... learn WHY we need to...

What does "Learn HTML" really mean?

I see people "Learn HTML" all the time. They learn "There's an opening tag... and a closing tag..." - and so begins their new (very distorted) mental model /...
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Why do you choose to learn programming vs....

I got this quora question in my inbox this morning:...
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Are HTML, CSS, and JavaScript all the same? (yes)

It's all baby talk! So, relax. Enjoy it. : )
It's a little too hard to write the code-snippets here - but you can check out the full article:...
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Why should you become a front-end developer?

I answered this question the other day here: https://careerkarma.com/question/why-should-i-become-a-187, but I feel like it's a critical discussion - and so, I'm making this post about it. : )

Why...
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